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What Age Should My Kid Have His First Dental Whitening?

What Age Should My Kid Have His First Dental Whitening?

It is not uncommon for Dr. Gohar Hovsepyan, our Granada Hills dentist at Viva Smile, to consult with adult patients who are ready to improve the brilliance and beauty of their smile with professional teeth whitening. However, many ask about when they can start their children with dental whitening. This typically occurs when the permanent teeth coming in are more yellow than the baby teeth, causing reason for concern. Unfortunately, though professional whitening is safe and effective, the Academy of General Dentistry suggests children wait until they are at least 14 years of age before considering whitening the smile with professional products. This is the age by which the dental pulp of the tooth is fully formed, reducing the chances of children developing sensitivity to the strong, concentrated products used in professional whitening solutions.

However, this doesn’t mean that children don’t have methods for keeping their smile white and beautiful until they are of age to have professional work done.

Here are a few tips to consider for keeping the smile white in the meantime:

  • Visit the dentist regularly. With routine visits to the dental office, children can ensure they are keeping their smile healthy and clean, reducing the chances of permanent problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. Sometimes, just a professional cleaning of the teeth can remove plaque and tartar which can make the teeth seem yellow and dull.
  • Avoid staining foods and beverages. Some foods and drinks, such as dark sodas, can reduce the white, natural brilliance of the teeth and negatively impact the overall appearance. By avoiding these types of beverages and food items, children can maintain their enamel natural white look longer.
  • Use whitening toothpastes. Whitening toothpastes are gentler than professional whitening products and can be used to help children keep their teeth whiter than without the use of these special agents and ingredients.

Are you considering dental whitening for yourself or your child?

Speak with our professional dentist in Granada Hills, CA before moving forward with treatment to ensure it is safe and appropriate. Dr. Gohar Hovsepyan and her staff at Viva Smile work closely with patients and families to help them decide when it is right to consider whitening for children. Call today at (818) 900-2800 and visit the practice conveniently located at 17630 Chatsworth Street. New and existing patients are welcome into our facility for comprehensive dental care solutions, including cosmetic treatments such as professional whitening.

Location: 17630 Chatsworth St. Granada Hills, CA 91344

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